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Monica Alianello, Naperville, IL
Mazurka in C-sharp Major, Op. 41, no. 1
I am currently on a mission to learn all of Chopin's Mazurkas. I'm about three-quarters of the way through them now, and for me each one is so different from one another and like playing a little story. I can't wait to get one down and then go on to the next one to see what tale it will tell. The mazurka I chose here is one I like very much, but I like a lot of them and had a hard time picking out just one.
I am a stay-at-home mom with a passion for playing piano. I'm also an administrator at www.pianosociety.com, where you can hear much more of Chopin's music played by our talented members/pianists - all for free!
Elene Gusch, Albuquerque, NM
Nie ma czego trzeba
Chopin wrote a number of settings of Polish poems which we have available, and many more are lost. Yet hardly anyone seems to realize that he ever composed vocal music. "Nie ma czego trzeba" means more or less "There is not what I need"; this poignant poem was written by Bohdan Zaleski. Chopin set verses from this poem twice, with the version you'll hear here being the more complex of the two. It perfectly expresses the experience of being in exile; the experience that was so fundamental to Chopin's adult life. Although I am living where I want to be, I've always felt a connection to this song, and I am delighted to have the opportunity to perform it here.
I made this recording for an online recital in celebration of Chopin's birthday, You can hear the rest of this e-cital, including three more of the songs, at www.ecital.net. The performers are fans of Chopin who hang out at the Piano World website.